Projected Growth: Faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Considerable Preparation Needed
Your job is to Organize activities to raise funds or otherwise solicit and gather monetary donations or other gifts for an organization. May design and produce promotional materials. May also raise awareness of the organization’s work, goals, and financial needs.
Common job titles of Fundraisers include:
Experience and Education
A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.
78.12% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.
9.38% said they needed a Some College Courses.
Direct or supervise fundraising staff, including volunteer staff members.
Create or update donor databases.
Secure commitments of participation or donation from individuals or corporate donors.
Write and send letters of thanks to donors.
Identify and build relationships with potential donors.
Monitor progress of fundraising drives.
Write reports or prepare presentations to communicate fundraising program data.
Conduct research to identify the goals, net worth, charitable donation history, or other data related to potential donors, potential investors, or general donor markets.
Compile or develop materials to submit to granting or other funding organizations.
Solicit cash or in-kind donations or sponsorships from individual, business, or government donors.
Monitor budgets, expense reports, or other financial data for fundraising organizations.
Explain the tax advantages of contributions to potential donors.
Contact corporate representatives, government officials, or community leaders to increase awareness of organizational causes, activities, or needs.
Attend community events, meetings, or conferences to promote organizational goals or solicit donations or sponsorships.
Secure speakers for charitable events, community meetings, or conferences to increase awareness of charitable, nonprofit, or political causes.
Prepare materials such as fundraising envelopes, bid sheets, or gift bags for charitable events.
Develop and maintain media contact lists.
Coordinate transportation or delivery of materials, supplies, or donations for fundraising events.
Write speeches, press releases, or other promotional materials to increase awareness of the causes, missions, or goals of organizations seeking funds.
Recruit sponsors, participants, or volunteers for fundraising events.
Plan and direct special events for fundraising, such as silent auctions, dances, golf events, or walks.
Establish fundraising or participation goals for special events or specified time periods.
Direct or coordinate Web-based fundraising activities, such as online auctions or donation Web sites.
Develop strategies to encourage new or increased contributions.
Develop or implement fundraising activities, such as annual giving campaigns or direct mail programs.
Develop fundraising activity plans that maximize participation or contributions and minimize costs.
Develop corporate fundraising programs, such as employer gift-matching.
Design or produce materials such as posters, Web sites, or newsletters to promote, market, or advertise fundraising events.
Laser facsimile machines
Computer laser printers
Tessitura Network Tessitura Software
Blackbaud Luminate CRM
Blackbaud The Raiser’s Edge
Constant ContactAll Technologies
Corel CorelDraw Graphics Suite
Foundatino Directory Online (FDO)
SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Management of Personnel Resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression
Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition
Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension
Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Sales and Marketing
Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
Communications and Media
Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.